So I thought I’d tell you that just because I can, I’m gonna dedicate today’s entire post to Karate Kid I. Okay? OK.
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve watched this classic coming-of-age tale about a fragile Jersey girlyboy and his magical Japanese friend about 82 times in my life. About 53 of those times were by way of KTLA 5’s Movie for a Sunday Evening (which alternated between KK1, Stand By Me, and Rocky IV for 7 years straight).
There are many great things to love about this movie (Cobra Kai having the best Halloween costumes ever. The film being set in the Valley. “Sand the floor” and The “Crane” Kick having absolutely no practical applications in martial arts. Thick Elizabeth Shue). But at it’s core, the best parts of the movie involve anytime that people are kicking each other in the face. So here they are, in chronological order, the best of the best.